Cal Thomas, a syndicated columnist, recently wrote about the pending “Judgment Day” predicted by Harold Camping. While he (as with most other people) does not expect the world to end on May 21, 2011, he did comment on something I found quite interesting.
According to Isaac Asimov’s “Book of Facts,” the earliest recorded prediction of a doomsday was around 2800 BCE. It was written on an Assyrian clay tablet and bore these words:
Our earth is degenerate in these latter days. There are signs that the world is speedily coming to an end. Bribery and corruption are common.
Wow. Things haven’t changed much since the Assyrians were around, have they? In fact, all you have to do is pick up today’s newspaper and see the same “signs.”
It is entirely possible our world will end someday — but the timing is something no human being can predict. Even though religious leaders, scientists, fiction writers, and others have made tens of thousands of apocalyptic predictions over the centuries, all have failed.
I find it far better to live in the moment and let tomorrow take care of itself.